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Degenhardt claims Tahoe Donner Club Championship

Special to the Sun

The Tahoe Donner Club Championship unfolded under blue skies Aug. 23 and 24 with a climactic event won by Dan Degenhardt.

In Degenhardt’s first stroke play ever, he managed to hold off a hard-charging Kevin Murphy to take the victory.

“Murph” made three birdies in the first seven holes to tie the lead, but Degenhardt played solidly when the pressure was on to shoot 36 on the final nine holes. To his credit, it was Murphy’s fourth runner-up finish in this event. 

Among other top finishers, Claude Close came back from five down after the first round to shoot his age, 77, for a net 61 to run away from the field in the Senior Flight. Jim Pyle shot net 71 and 74 to beat out Rickie Andrs in the First Flight.

John Sekerak had the best round in the Second Flight to beat Ralph Shindler, Norman Kahn and Larry Kushner by two.

Tom Lovely, current TD Cup Leader, took the Third Flight by five strokes and Mark Tompkins’ net 145 took the last flight by nine.

In the Championship Flight, Dan Degenhardt, with birdies on 14 and 15 with an assist from the pro’s cart on 16, shot 11 over to win the championship. Kevin Murphy edged out Lex Winans to win the net honors in the Championship Flight.